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The Gospel of Buddha

Preface

  • Preface:
    by Paul Carus


    Introduction
  • Chapter 01:
    Rejoice
  • Chapter 02:
    Samsara and Nirvana
  • Chapter 03:
    Truth the Saviour


    Prince Siddhattha becomes Buddha
  • Chapter 04:
    The Bodhisatta's Birth
  • Chapter 05:
    The Ties of Life
  • Chapter 06:
    The Three Woes
  • Chapter 07:
    The Bodhisatta's Renunciation
  • Chapter 08:
    King Bimbisara
  • Chapter 09:
    The Bodhisatta's Search
  • Chapter 10:
    Uruvela, the Place of Mortification
  • Chapter 11:
    Mara, the Evil One
  • Chapter 12:
    Enlightenment
  • Chapter 13:
    The First Converts
  • Chapter 14:
    Brahma's Request


    The Foundation of the Kingdom of Righteousness
  • Chapter 15:
    Upaka
  • Chapter 16:
    The Sermon at Benares
  • Chapter 17:
    The Sangha
  • Chapter 18:
    Yasa, the Youth of Benares
  • Chapter 19:
    Kassapa
  • Chapter 20:
    The Sermon at Rajagaha
  • Chapter 21:
    The King's Gift
  • Chapter 22:
    Sariputta and Moggallana
  • Chapter 23:
    Anathapindika
  • Chapter 24:
    The Sermon on Charity
  • Chapter 25:
    Jetavana
  • Chapter 26:
    The Three Characteristics and the Uncreate
  • Chapter 27:
    The Buddha's Father
  • Chapter 28:
    Yasodhara
  • Chapter 29:
    Rahula


    Consolidation of the Buddha's religion
  • Chapter 30:
    Jivaka, the Physician
  • Chapter 31:
    The Buddha's Parents Attain Nirvana
  • Chapter 32:
    Women Admitted to the Sangha
  • Chapter 33:
    The Bhikkhus' Conduct Toward Women
  • Chapter 34:
    Visakha
  • Chapter 35:
    The Uposatha and Patimokkha
  • Chapter 36:
    The Schism
  • Chapter 37:
    The Re-establishment of Concord
  • Chapter 38:
    The Bhikkhus Rebuked
  • Chapter 39:
    Devadatta
  • Chapter 40:
    Name and Form
  • Chapter 41:
    The Goal
  • Chapter 42:
    Miracles Forbidden
  • Chapter 43:
    The Vanity of Worldliness
  • Chapter 44:
    Secrecy and Publicity
  • Chapter 45:
    The Annihilation of Suffering
  • Chapter 46:
    Avoiding the Ten Evils
  • Chapter 47:
    The Preacher's Mission


    The Teacher
  • Chapter 48:
    The Dhammapada
  • Chapter 49:
    The Two Brahmans
  • Chapter 50:
    Guard the Six Quarters
  • Chapter 51:
    Simha's Question Concerning Annihilation
  • Chapter 52:
    All Existence is Spiritual
  • Chapter 53:
    Identity and Non-Identity
  • Chapter 54:
    The Buddha Omnipresent
  • Chapter 55:
    One Essence, One Law, One Aim
  • Chapter 56:
    The Lesson Given to Rahula
  • Chapter 57:
    The Sermon on Abuse
  • Chapter 58:
    The Buddha Replies to the Deva
  • Chapter 59:
    Words of Instruction
  • Chapter 60:
    Amitabha
  • Chapter 61:
    The Teacher Unknown


    Parables and Stories
  • Chapter 62:
    Parables
  • Chapter 63:
    The Widow's Two Mites and the Parable of the Three Merchants
  • Chapter 64:
    The Man Born Blind
  • Chapter 65:
    The Lost Son
  • Chapter 66:
    The Giddy Fish
  • Chapter 67:
    The Cruel Crane Outwitted
  • Chapter 68:
    Four Kinds of Merit
  • Chapter 69:
    The Light of the World
  • Chapter 70:
    Luxurious Living
  • Chapter 71:
    The Communication of Bliss
  • Chapter 72:
    The Listless Fool
  • Chapter 73:
    Rescue in the Desert
  • Chapter 74:
    The Sower
  • Chapter 75:
    The Outcast
  • Chapter 76:
    The Woman at the Well
  • Chapter 77:
    The Peacemaker
  • Chapter 78:
    The Hungry Dog
  • Chapter 79:
    The Despot
  • Chapter 80:
    Vasavadatta
  • Chapter 81:
    The Marriage-Feast in Jambunada
  • Chapter 82:
    A Party in Search of a Thief
  • Chapter 83:
    In the Realm of Yamaraja
  • Chapter 84:
    The Mustard Seed
  • Chapter 85:
    Following the Master Over the Stream
  • Chapter 86:
    The Sick Bhikkhu
  • Chapter 87:
    The Patient Elephant


    The Last Days
  • Chapter 88:
    The Conditions of Welfare
  • Chapter 89:
    Sariputta's Faith
  • Chapter 90:
    Pataliputta
  • Chapter 91:
    The Mirror of Truth
  • Chapter 92:
    Ambapali
  • Chapter 93:
    The Buddha's Farewell Address
  • Chapter 94:
    The Buddha Announces His Death
  • Chapter 95:
    Chunda, the Smith
  • Chapter 96:
    Metteyya
  • Chapter 97:
    The Buddha's Final Entering into Nirvana


    Conclusion
  • Chapter 98:
    The Three Personalities of the Buddha
  • Chapter 99:
    The Purpose of Being
  • Chapter 100:
    The Praise of All the Buddhas


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    The Gospel of Buddha

    King Bimbisara

    Siddhattha had cut his waving hair
    and had exchanged his royal robe for a mean dress of the colour of the ground.
    Having sent home Channa, the charioteer,
    together with the noble steed Kanthaka,
    to king Suddhodana to bear him the message that the prince had left the world,
    the Bodhisatta walked along on the highroad with a begger's bowl in his hand. [1]

    Yet the majesty of his mind was ill-concealed under the poverty of his appearance.
    His erect gait betrayed his royal birth and his eyes beamed with a fervid zeal for truth.
    The beauty of his youth was transfigured by holiness and surrounded his head like a halo. [2]

    All the people who saw this unusual sight gazed at him in wonder.
    Those who were in haste arrested their steps and looked back;
    and there was no one who did not pay him homage. [3]

    Having entered the city of Rajagaha,
    the prince went from house to house silently waiting till the people offered him food.
    Wherever the Blessed One came, the people gave him what they had;
    they bowed before him in humility and were filled with gratitude
    because he condescended to approach their homes. [4]

    Old and young people were moved and said:
    "This is a noble muni!
    His approach is bliss.
    What a great joy for us!"
    [5]

    And king Bimbisara, noticing the commotion in the city,
    inquired the cause of it,
    and when he learned the news sent one of his attendants to observe the stranger. [6]

    Having heard that the muni must be a Sakya and of noble family,
    and that he had retired to the bank of a flowing river
    in the woods to eat the food in his bowl,
    the king was moved in his heart;
    he donned his royal robe,
    placed his golden crown upon his head
    and went out in the company of aged and wise counsellors
    to meet his mysterious guest. [7]

    The king found the muni of the Sakya race seated under a tree.
    Contemplating the composure of his face
    and the gentleness of his deportment,
    Bimbisara greeted him reverently and said: [8]

    "O samana, thy hands are fit to grasp the reins of an empire
    and should not hold a beggar's bowl.
    I am sorry to see thee wasting thy youth.
    Believing that thou art of royal descent,
    I invite thee to join me in the government of my country
    and share my royal power.
    Desire for power is becoming to the noble-minded,
    and wealth should not be despised.
    To grow rich and lose religion is not true gain.
    But he who possesses all three,
    power, wealth and religion,
    enjoying them in discretion and with wisdom,
    him I call a great master."
    [9]

    The great Sakyamuni lifted his eyes and replied: [10]

    "Thou art known, O king, to be liberal and religious,
    and thy words are prudent.
    A kind man who makes good use of wealth
    is rightly said to possess a great treasure,
    but the miser who hoards up his riches will have no profit.
    [11]

    "Charity is rich in returns;
    charity is the greatest wealth,
    for though it scatters,
    it brings no repentance.
    [12]

    "I have severed all ties because I seek deliverance.
    How is it possible for me to return to the world?
    He who seeks religious truth, which is the highest treasure of all,
    must leave behind all that can concern him or draw away his attention,
    and must be bent upon that one goal alone.
    He must free his soul from covetousness and lust,
    and also from the desire for power.
    [13]

    "Indulge in lust but a little,
    and lust like a child will grow.
    Wield worldly power
    and you will be burdened with cares.
    [14]

    "Better than sovereignty over the earth,
    better than living in heaven,
    better than lordship over all the worlds,
    is the fruit of holiness.
    [15]

    "The Bodhisatta has recognized the illusory nature of wealth
    and will not take poison as food.
    [16]

    "Will a fish that has been baited still covet the hook,
    or an escaped bird love the net?
    [17]

    "Would a rabbit rescued from the serpent's mouth go back to be devoured?
    Would a man who has burnt his hand with a torch take up the torch
    after he had dropped it to the earth?
    Would a blind man who has recovered his sight desire to spoil his eyes again?
    [18]

    "The sick man suffering from fever seeks for a cooling medicine.
    Shall we advise him to drink that which will increase the fever?
    Shall we quench a fire by heaping fuel upon it?
    [19]

    "I pray thee, pity me not.
    Rather pity those who are burdened with the cares of royalty
    and the worry of great riches.
    They enjoy them in fear and trembling,
    for they are constantly threatened with a loss of those boons
    on whose possession their hearts are set,
    and when they die they cannot take along
    either their gold or the kingly diadem.
    [20]

    "My heart hankers no vulgar profit,
    so I have put away my royal inheritance
    and prefer to be free from the burdens of life.
    [21]

    "Therefore, try not to entangle me in new relationships and duties,
    nor hinder me from completing the work I have begun.
    [22]

    "I regret to leave thee.
    But I will go to the sages who can teach me religion
    and so find the path on which we can escape evil.
    [23]

    "May thy country enjoy peace and prosperity,
    and may wisdom be shed upon thy rule
    like the brightness of the noon day sun.
    May thy royal power be strong
    and may righteousness be the sceptre in thine hand."
    [24]

    The king, clasping his hands with reverence,
    bowed down before Sakyamuni and said:
    "Mayest thou obtain that which thou seekest,
    and when thou hast obtained it, come back, I pray thee,
    and receive me as thy disciple."
    [25]

    The Bodhisatta parted from the king in friendship and goodwill,
    and purposed in his heart to grant his request. [26]

    End Chapter 8


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